Cupola Classic car show set for Sept. 9 in downtown
Ray Speck can't wait to show off his Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and 1977 Thunderbird in downtown Johnstown.
"All cars are my favorite," he said. "I've been in the car businesses since I was a teenager."
Speck owns Johnstown's K-Cepts auto body and service center, which is a sponsor for Downtown Johnstown Inc.'s fourth annual Cupola Classic Cruise-In car show in Johnstown on 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Speck, a Downtown Johnstown Inc. board member, said the 800 to 1,000 visitors he expects to attend the event would have more than 250 classic cars to drool over.
"It got its start to replace the cupola on the opera house in Johnstown," Speck said. "Downtown Johnstown saw that the show was a success and decided to make it an annual event. Our goal as an organization is to preserve and enhance our town while improving the quality of life through our events and projects."
Speck said the event should raise roughly $10,000 to be used for various improvement projects around all of Johnstown, not just the downtown area. He said he understands the title makes the cruise-in sound as if it only benefits downtown, but it's become so popular in its fourth year that he hates to change the name. "It's really taken off," Speck said.
Admission is free to spectators, but an $8 fee is required to enter a car.
Speck said new this year to the cruise-in is a food tent, with table vendors who'll sell pizza, tacos and hot dogs, among other items.
"Give it some class, is what we're trying to do," he said.
Speck said local merchants would provide door prizes, and 40 trophies will be presented for the vehicles that judges believe are the finest at the show.
Speck said three additional trophies would be given for the most unique cars, which the public will decide. Speck said HyperSounds Entertainment would help keep things lively during the event, as well as a local radio station.
Downtown Johnstown Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the downtown district and all of Johnstown. Neighborhood residents, business and property owners, and representatives from nonprofit and faith-based organizations are members. Downtown Johnstown sponsors many other events, such as the Johnstown farmers market, the Art on the Square festival and Third Saturday concerts, among other events.
Speck said he enjoys the cruise-in the most, though.
"People should come to see their friends and neighbors' fantastic cars, have a bite to eat and have a good time," he said. "Also, they should come to support Downtown Johnstown Inc. It's nice to know you can stay in Johnstown and have a fun Sunday afternoon."